Bid to attract business with changes to zoning
SHOPS HAVE REMAINED EMPTY FOR FIVE YEARS
over 228sq m, another 236sq m and one smaller shop of 178sq m.
None of the three spaces have been leased since the building was opened.
The council blamed issues with zoning as well as a lack of facilities for the disinterest in the three spaces.
Restrictions were placed on the properties, which were originally zoned general industrial rather than commercial.
This included opportunities for freight transport facilities, vehicle repair stations, self-storage units and takeaway food premises.
A council spokesman said the council had recently amended the zoning in the hopes of catering to a bigger retail market.
“We would now be in the position to take leasing advantage of the enlarged zoning under Additional Permitted Uses Map (Penrith LEP 2010) to the existing IN 1 Industrial Zoning conditions which would now permit commercial premises such as business premises, office premises or premises,” he said.
Despite these difficulties, the spokesman said, the shops were still on the market.
“There has been interest, but the main stumbling block so far has been the fitout costs and some issues with parking access. Council is working through these matters, would like to see the shops operational, and are still on the market.”
A spokesman for LJ Hooker Penrith, which looks after the lease for the shops on be-
retail half of the council, said there had been interest but zoning had discouraged tenants.
“The spaces have been for lease for about two years (through LJ Hooker). They used to be heavy industrial zoned but this has now changed,” the spokesman said.
“Initially the properties were priced so whoever came along could do their own fitout.”
The shops are now available for a commercial lease.
Vandals have scratched graffiti and tags onto the vacant shops under the carpark at St Marys station.